“We’ve been boys since coming out of high school,” Watson said. “We’ve trained together all through college. It’s something we’ve talked about for a long, long time, and now we have an opportunity to do it. I’m looking forward to all the big games. We’re both in the AFC, so, hopefully, we get that Peyton and Tom Brady type of match every year.
But on Tuesday, an obscure state panel that sorts out disputes with state agencies in Missouri said the team and sports authority were wrong. In its ruling, the Administrative Hearing Commission said the Chiefs were obliged to pay $930,000 in back taxes plus interest.
Historians will likely point to Rams-Chiefs as the crowning moment of the 2018 regular-season offensive boom, one that ended with the top four scoring offenses playing in the conference championship games. The records broken in that November matchup, like all offensive records in this era, will probably fall sooner than we think. Then there’s the significance of what happened next: NFL ratings spiked. Before that game, ratings were up 3 percent from 2017. From that point forward, ratings went up 9 percent. It’s impossible to say that game caused the spike on its own, but the offense it displayed—the kind that existed all season—was behind a lot of it.
“It’s rare,” Romo said of Mahomes’ MVP candidacy. “It reminds me of Dan Marino, I want to say. I think he threw 48 touchdowns in his second year or first year.
Everything happened faster than the plan, and by everything, basically we mean “Patrick Mahomes.” That’s a tremendous advantage, because it means the Chiefs can operate from a point of certainty that they otherwise might not have. The contract extensions that they will seek with Tyreek Hill and Chris Jones this offseason can be structured in specific ways to give the team flexibility when they’ll need it.
Who he is now: The MVP of the Pro Bowl, but probably also of the entire league. Defying any and all predictions of normal, young-QB growing pains, Mahomes was utterly dazzling from start to finish and took almost no time to become one of the biggest stars in the entire league, regardless of age.
The 4-3 scheme seems more suited to players like Speaks, Nnadi and O’Daniel. But alignment alone won’t fix the many problems of a unit that ranked 31st in yards allowed a year after the team brought in free agents like Hitchens and Williams and dedicated its draft to bolstering the defense. Personnel moves, the draft and a more aggressive approach all factor into the solution for 2019 and beyond.
5 Things to Know About … Marvin Allen, the new Dolphins assistant general manager.
Prior to joining the Bills, Allen spent four years as director of college scouting with the Kansas City Chiefs, which came after 16 years (1993-2008) working as an area scout with the New England Patriots followed by four years with the Atlanta Falcons.
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“Yeah, I don’t want the Rams to win,” Gordon chuckled during a Sunday interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “I don’t have to -- I live in L.A. Y’all know. I live in L.A. and I’ve got to hear that all day. You know how many signs, Rams signs, I see?”
The Action Network’s Darren Rovell is reporting that the team has begun calling season ticket holders to inform them that they still don’t know where the team will be playing in 2019.
1. Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams
Aaron Donald might just be the best defender of his generation. He’s dominant as an interior pass-rusher—he led the league with 20.5 sacks—and he’ll bring down any ball-carrier who comes within reach. ”He’s pretty much unblockable,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said, per Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.
“Maroon 5 has been working hard on a Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show that will meet and exceed the standards of this event,” the statement begins. “As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.”
“Everybody that’s been around Brandin you can’t talk enough about the production. This is a special human being. The way he goes about his business. Guys like him are why you love coaching. ... I could go on and on about what he’s done for this football team. He’s been instrumental in us getting here. Love that guy and you can’t say enough good things about Brandin Cooks. I can promise you this: We’re not trading him.”
Like offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, McCartney is coming to the Broncos from the San Francisco 49ers, where both were on Kyle Shanahan’s staff. McCartney, who is the son of the late Colorado quarterback Sal Aunese, had been with the 49ers for the past two seasons as well as in 2015.
The club announced Tuesday afternoon that passing game coordinator Kevin O’Connell has been promoted to offensive coordinator. O’Connell will be replacing Matt Cavanaugh, who was Washington’s OC for the last two seasons. Cavanaugh has been reassigned to senior offensive assistant.
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In a statement released by the Chiefs, Missouri Western’s president Dr. Robert Vartabedian said that after the team’s appearance in the AFC Championship game in 2018, excitement would be at an all-time high, and the university was honored to host the team again.
But for the Chiefs, the best news might be the spectacular deal they got on Butker. They snagged a drafted rookie without expending any draft capital, and will end up having him on a minimum-cost contract for almost four full seasons — a point former sports agent Joel Corry noted last January.
Just three days after the Green Bay Packers hired former Chiefs outside linebackers coachMike Smith, their NFC North rival in the Chicago Bears has hired former Chiefs inside linebackers coach Mark DeLeone.
“We are very pleased to add David Culley to our staff,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “He is highly respected throughout the league as a teacher, game-planner and motivator.
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